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What to do on Gudhi Padva? - Marathi New Year

Gudhi Padwa, or Gudi Padva, is the Marathi New Year as per the traditional Hindu Marathi Lunar Calendar. Chaitra is the first month in the Marathi calendar and Gudhi Padwa is observed on Chaitra 1 or the first day of Chaitra. Two important things people do on the day are the erecting of Gudhi and sharing of a mixture of neem and jaggery. The astrological predictions for the year known as Sanvatsar phal is also read on the day. In 2017, Gudi Padva is on March 28. Here is a brief idea on how to observe Gudhi Padva.
People get up early in the morning of the Gudhi Padva day, and after bathing and morning prayers; erect Gudhi – the hoisting of flag on a bamboo staff. The flag hoisted on Maharashtrian New Year is made of green or yellow colored silk cloth. A bright garlanded goblet or pot is hung on top of the flag pole.
Symbolically, the raising of the Gudhi means empty your ego, take an inverted look within, hold yourself up to the vast sky of divinity and may your soul remain outdoors, …